Mont Cenis

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Cenis, Mont

(môN sənē`), Ital. Moncenisio, Alpine pass, 6,831 ft (2,082 m) high, on the French-Italian border. It is one of the great invasion routes in Italian history. Napoleon I built a new road there in 1810. In 1871, the Mont Cenis railroad tunnel (Frejus Tunnel) was built approximately 30 mi (48 km) away, connecting the towns of Mondane, France and Bardonecchia, Italy. As the first rock tunnel of its sort, it pioneered many techniques and represents a landmark in engineering. It is still one of the world's largest (8 mi/13 km) railroad tunnels.
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Mont Cenis


(in Italian, Monte Cenisio), a pass between the Cottian and Graian Alps in France, close to the Italian border. Elevation, 2,083 m. The pass connects the Isère and Dora Riparia river basins and is traversed by the Grenoble-Turin highway. To the southwest, beneath the Fréjus pass, is the Mont Cenis railroad tunnel.

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The dwellers in houses near the blasting would cover their roofs with boughs and leaves to soften the fall of the stones.' Butler too had travelled by the Mont Cenis route and noted another change that the railway had brought: S.
This funding principally concerns the realisation of the TEN-T corridors at the Brenner Tunnel and the Mont Cenis Tunnel, between Torino and Lyon, two of the network's main projects.
The joint venture, also known as Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine, will provide a new rail shuttle service for lorries and semi-trailers through the Frejus tunnel under Mont Cenis linking France and Italy and intended to ease the traffic congestion caused by lorries and other heavy vehicles on routes crossing the Alps.